Senior Engine Controls and Calibration Development Engineer @ Fisker Automotive
Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering @
University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering
I am a mechanical engineering professional with experience in PHEVs, hybridizing engines, engine management software and calibration, emissions testing and certification, and scientific research in the field of combustion. I have experience with in vehicle testing, development and validation; formulation of technical specifications, DFMEA, DVP&Rs, and validation of products for series production; and mechanical design and solid
I am a mechanical engineering professional with experience in PHEVs, hybridizing engines, engine management software and calibration, emissions testing and certification, and scientific research in the field of combustion. I have experience with in vehicle testing, development and validation; formulation of technical specifications, DFMEA, DVP&Rs, and validation of products for series production; and mechanical design and solid modeling using Catia V5, ProEngineering, SolidWorks, and SolidEdge.
I attended the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering for both my undergraduate degree--a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and my graduate degree--a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The emphasis of my master's was in combustion and alternative energy. I entered the field of mechanical engineering with hopes of one day designing and building my own car. However when I began doing research the combustion laboratory at USC I discovered I also had a passion for scientific research and development.
I love being hands-on, creative, and coming up with ingenious solutions to sometimes seemingly unsolvable problems. I am a proven fast learner, and have a record of learning difficult-to-master concepts and processes on my own. My greatest professional passion is for high performance vehicles. I am inquisitive, pro-active, and loyal, and I always give my all to whatever task I am tackling.
Specialties: PHEV, HEV, Engine Managment Systems, Engine Control Software, Engine Calibration, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Alternative Energy / Green Energy Technology, Solar Cells, Solar Power, Thermal System Design, Solid Modeling and Mechanical Design
Engine Controls and Calibration Development Engineer @ From August 2014 to Present (1 year 5 months) Test Engineer @ Responsible for commissioning NASCAR engine test cell utilizing AVL Permanent Magnet Motor engine dynomometer and PUMA 1.5.3 from the ground up. Saw project through from initial test cell hardware and systems specification and design to final implementation:
Worked with mechanical and electrical contractors, architect, and test cell supplier through all stages of the project.
Worked with team to run simulations characterizing thermal environment of test cells.
Designed, built, and commissioned a fuel conditioning system for the test cells and brought the system through full UL certification.
Developed overall cell operation and monitoring strategy and implemented full strategy in PUMA for test bed automation.
Integrated IndiCom and TRD-specific data acquisition and engineering tools into test bed.
Responsible for overall operation and function of existing test cells including:
Any mechanical and electrical integration of measurement equipment and conditioning systems.
Trouble-shooting hardware and software associated with PUMA, IndiCom/IndiMaster/IndiSet, ROTEC, Concerto, combustion air system, various conditioning systems, Santorin Database...
Utilizing PUMA simulator for development of strategies to be used in test cell, creation and troubleshooting of test files, and upkeep of all files related to PUMA operation
Responsible for harmonization of test bed setup and operation across 3 test cells. Utilized a Santorin host-based system.
Developed specific strategies implemented through PUMA (mainly via TCC, SCR, FDV, ASC) to meet any of internal customer's needs.
Worked on special projects including:
Mechanical design, building, and implementation of an alternator test rig.
Vibrational testing and analysis in application to hardware robustness design and system trouble shooting utilizing ROTEC hardware and analysis tools.
Specifying conditioning systems and data acquisition needs for a specialized sub-system level test cell. From May 2013 to August 2014 (1 year 4 months) Hybrid Calibration Engineer @ I was responsible for the engine management system for the Fisker Karma, which entailed engine software and calibration, although at Fisker I definitely wore a lot of different hats and I loved the challenge! Regarding the engine management system, I interfaced with my supplier to produce an end product of engine software and calibration that was suitable for series production. Specifically, I wrote specifications and functional requirements, developed software functionalities and algorithms, and developed calibrations, and I worked with my supplier to ensure the work was properly executed. I carried out in-vehicle development, testing, and validation utilizing ETAS INCA as well as other software such as CANalyzer and Fisker's own PRODIS-based interface. I also was responsible for trouble-shooting the engine management system for the engineering fleet, and aided in diagnosis of the system in reference to after-sales support.
In my work in developing functionalities, one of the things I specifically worked on was diagnostic strategies for the EVAP system. In carrying out this work I learned a great deal about evaporative emissions systems and fuel systems. I helped developed OBD monitoring strategies and calibrations for use in diagnosis of the EVAP system.
I also did emissions testing and saw the vehicle through the entire process of witness and certification testing for the EU. From July 2011 to April 2013 (1 year 10 months) LSAT Instructor @ From November 2010 to 2012 (2 years) Mechanical Design Engineer @ I designed test fixtures to production test the EPIC camera as well as camera modules. I was responsible for conceptualizing designs to test the entire camera as a unit. I created parts, assemblies, and drawings in ProEngineer; create detailed BOM's of the assemblies; found and interfaced with machine shops to get the parts built; and finally, built the entire fixture to be used on a manufacturing floor. From January 2011 to July 2011 (7 months) Graduate Researcher @ I worked in a Combustion and Chemical Kinetics laboratory which studied a wide range of topics. However I was involved in a project involving dye sensitized solar cells. Specifically I learned to use the atomic force microscope to image surfaces down to the nano-level. From May 2009 to May 2010 (1 year 1 month) Teaching Assistant @ I first worked as a teaching assistant for a junior level laboratory course, mechoptronics, for a year and a half. This course covered a whole range of subjects including transistor-to-transistor logic and circuits, basics of thermocouples, op amps and acoustic waves, shock tubes, wind tunnels, turbulent jets, and a variety of other topics. There was a big emphasis on learning to use laboratory equipment proficiently such as digital and virtual oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, and wave form generators, and we also taught the students to use LabView and Virtual Bench software. There was also a strong emphasis put on uncertainty analysis and engineering scrutiny.
I also was a teaching assistant for a junior level solid modeling course where we taught the students to use SolidWorks and SolidEdge as well as various FEA and motion packages embedded in the software.
Finally, I was a teaching assistant for a senior level aerospace and mechanical engineering course, energy and propulsion. In this course the students learned all about the science behind internal combustion engines, jet engines, and some on more alternative areas such as fuel cells and hcci engines. From August 2008 to May 2010 (1 year 10 months) Undergraduate Merit Research Scholar @ I worked in a Combustion Laboratory beginning my junior year under a Merit Research Scholarship through USC. Intially I worked with a graduate student using DPIV to determine characteristics of bio-ethanol and bio-butanol flames.
Later I began a project with another student which had been commissioned by the Air Force to determine the cracking characteristics of JP-7 jet fuel for application to the SCRAMJet. We designed and build a flow reactor from the ground up and developed an experimental procedure in which we could crack the fuel, sample the cracked mixture, and burn it. I then learned to use the gas chromatograph to analyze the composition of the cracked mixture. We finished the project and I ran Fortran codes to compare our experimental results to codes developed by another lab on campus. We then wrote a paper to submit to the Air Force. From May 2007 to May 2009 (2 years 1 month)
BSME and MSME Combustion, Mechanical Engineering @ University of Southern California From 2004 to 2009 Lindsey Heineman is skilled in: Solidworks, Solid Edge, Catia V5, ENOVIA SmarTeam, Matlab, MathCAD, Labview, Vector CANalyzer, DPIV, Gas Chromatography, Atomic Force Microscope, ETAS INCA, ProEngineer, AFM, Pro Engineer
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